HOUSTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a related series of management changes, Baker Botts today named Jamie Baker as chair and Jason Bennett as deputy chair of the firm's Global Projects department, and John Taladay as the new Partner in Charge of its Washington office.
As chair of the firm's Global Project's department, Jamie Baker will lead a team that advises clients on the acquisition, divestiture, development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects around the world. Baker replaces previous department chair Stuart Schaffer, who held that position since 2002, and will retire from the firm at the end of this month. Baker's new assignment is in addition to his current position as the firm's International Partner. As such, Baker coordinates the firm's international practice and strategy across its platform.
Bennett, who is based in Baker Botts' Moscow office, steps in for Maura Goldstein of the firm's Washington office, who has served as Deputy chair since 2007, to fill the position of deputy chair for Global Projects. Bennett's practice concentrates on project development, oil and gas projects and transactions, project finance and international business transactions and investments.
"Jamie and Jason have both demonstrated the leadership and management skills that will further enhance the extensive services of our Global Projects team," said Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew Baker.
Contemporaneous with the changes to the leadership of the Global Projects Department, John Taladay will become the Partner In Charge of the Washington office, succeeding Jamie Baker. Taladay, who moved to the Baker Botts Washington office in March 2011, co-chairs the firm's antitrust department along with Sean Boland. Thirty-six other former Howrey LLP antitrust lawyers also joined at that time. He is well known for his work in assisting clients in gaining merger approvals, as well as defending criminal cartel investigations, litigating civil antitrust cases and managing complex international competition matters.
Paul Cuomo, an antitrust lawyer who also joined Baker Botts from the former Howrey firm, will continue to support the Washington office in his role as the office's deputy Partner in Charge.
"The growth and expansion of our antitrust group is only part of the Baker Botts story in Washington under Jamie's leadership during the past eight years," said Managing Partner Andrew Baker. "We are grateful for the terrific work he has done as Partner in Charge of the Washington, D.C. office. Our work for clients on the regulatory front, in litigation and in government relations remains among the best in our nation's capital."
Baker added, "I am pleased that John Taladay is willing to put his considerable skills to work to make certain we continue building our service products for our clients in Washington, D.C."
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